Transfer Latest: The Gunners closing in on Nigerian prodigy

Arsenal have emerged as favorites to land the youngster and contract talks are progressing well with the Gunners.

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Arsene Wenger had a disappointing league campaign this year as the Gunners narrowly missed out on ‘top-four’ finish to Liverpool for the first time in more than twenty years.

Although they have reached the final of Emirates FA Cup (where they will lock horns against London rivals and Premier League winners Chelsea) and still in contention to grab a silverware, Wenger’s future at Arsenal seems to be extremely uncertain amidst fan outrage due to years of failure in elite competitions.

However, the Gunners boss is not at all demoralized in the middle of hysteria and has already started spotting his transfer targets for upcoming campaign. Wenger, who is hailed for scouting prodigies, has shown serious interest in Nigerian teenager Henry Onyekuru who has earned his first international call-up on May 22 for upcoming friendlies against Corsica and Togo following a prolific campaign with Belgian top tier outfit Eupen.

The 19 year old forward has netted 22 goals in this league campaign and became joined top-scorer alongside Łukasz Teodorczyk of Anderlecht who eventually won the ‘golden bull’ due to scoring more away goals. He came third in the list of Young Player of the Year award in Belgium behind Landry Dimata of Oostende and Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans.

Henry Onyekuru
Henry Onyekuru

Onyekuru joined Eupen in 2015 following his 5 years of association with  Aspire Academy of Senegal who have been their partner since 2012. Soon he attracted interest from several top Belgian outfits such as Anderlecht and Club Brugge. But the possibility of any move was turned down due to more alluring offers from England where a number of Premier League outfits inquired about his availability. The player has a release clause of just £6.8m in his contract and Everton, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion have shown serious interests in him.

If reports from reliable Sky Sports are believed to be true, Arsenal have emerged as favorites to land the youngster and contract talks are progressing well between the Gunners and the player’s representatives. However, Wenger’s gamble with French youngster Yaya Sanogo didn’t work out last time as he failed repeatedly in several loan spells. The outcome is believed to be different this time around and the young Nigerian marksman will serve the Gunners for years to come.

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